Subject: LUSA: FM Ramos Horta proposes fusion of Lisbon, Madrid's aid programs

Also: E. Timorese ministers seek more investment from Korea

02-11-2004 19:33:00. Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-6482532 Temas:

East Timor: FM Ramos Horta proposes fusion of Lisbon, Madrid's aid programs

Lisbon, Nov. 2 (Lusa) - East Timor`s foreign minister says that his proposals for three-way cooperation programs involving Lisbon Madrid and Dili have been well received by the Portuguese and Spanish governments.

José Ramos Horta, speaking Monday after an encounter with Portuguese counterpart António Monteiro, said he had "exchanged views" with the Lisbon minister on the "possible creation of a trilateral cooperation program to mobilize financial and human resources for Timor".

The two heads of diplomacy met in Lisbon on the sidelines of a special meeting of the CPLP lusophone bloc on Guinea-Bissau.

Ramos Horta said his proposal to coordinate Portugal and Spain's aid efforts to his country, especially in the areas of education, health, culture and sport, had been well received by both Iberian governments.

He added that Timor could also become an observer at the regular Ibero-America summit of leaders from Spain and Portugal and their former South American and Caribbean colonies.

Timor has requested that a Lisbon official is posted to Dili's busy Brussels embassy and has also asked for Portuguese assistance in the opening of a new diplomatic mission in Tokyo, said Ramos Horta.


Korea Herald E. Timorese ministers seek more investment

Two government ministers from East Timor yesterday expressed hopes that South Korea will expand its investment in the Southeast Asian country, which is rebuilding its economy after winning independence from Indonesia in 2002.

In a visit to Herald Media Inc., parent of The Korea Herald, Construction Minister Joao B.F Alves and Labor Minister Arsenid Band said that East Timor has a lot of business potential, especially in the tourism sector.

The two ministers, who arrived in Seoul on Monday, also said taekwondo is gaining popularity in East Timor after South Korean peacekeeping forces promoted the sport. South Korea dispatched the 249-strong "Evergreen Unit" to East Timor in 1999 to help rebuild the civil war-ravaged country as a part of U.N. peacekeeping forces. It withdrew its troops in 2003, wrapping up its four-year mission.

( By Jin Hyun-joo 2004.11.03

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